PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The debate over what to do about the controversial mural of Gov. LePage on Portland's Graffiti Wall continued Tuesday night.
The mural showed Gov. LePage wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.
On Tuesday afternoon, Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling asked the wall's owner, the city's water district to cover up the mural. But later that night, two people tried to use white paint to do that before anyone could take action.
One of them was Mark Reilly, a LePage supporter who said the governor has made mistakes but portraying him as a Ku Klux Klan member goes too far.
“I think that things that he has said in the past are very concerning,” Reilly said. “However, if you look past what he says and look at what he does for the state, I think the state's been in better shape since he's been in office.”
Shortly afterward, a group of people who wanted to see the mural and supported its message washed the wall off.
Now the mural is mostly exposed again.
“It doesn't have to stay but it does have to get the message out,” said Erica Hall, who helped take the paint off the wall. “Someone did try to cover it up and we took a stand, and we said, 'no, this is our city … this represents us.'”
When and if the mayor’s request to the water district will be fulfilled remains unclear.
As of Tuesday night, someone else had painted Mickey Mouse ears on the governor’s face in the mural as well.
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